A fontline healthcare professional in New York committed suicide who treated coronavirus patients. The New York emergency doctor Lorna Breen’s death was linked to trauma faced by healthcare workers battling the outbreak.

The 49-year-old doctor died on Sunday from self-inflicted injuries in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she had been staying with her family, police said in a statement. 

She ran the emergency department of New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan, a facility that has seen a huge influx of COVID-19 patients. However, it is not clear why she took her life, but her family, police and doctors claimed the stress caused by the pandemic was responsible for her death. In New York more than 173,000 people have died from coronavirus and has become the epicentre of the outbreak in America.

Charlottesville police chief RaShall Brackney said, “Frontline healthcare professionals and first responders are not immune to the mental or physical effects of the current pandemic.”

Her father told the reporters, “She tried to do her job and it killed her.”

She was also a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. The president of the institution described her death as a tragic reminder of the suffering that many health care workers are going through. Her fellow doctors described her “a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department.”

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